Peter Macgregor-Scott, Producer of Many Films

Dec. 28, 1947 - Oct. 29, 2017
Peter Macgregor-Scott, Dec. 28, 1947 - Oct. 29, 2017

Peter Macgregor-Scott, an award-winning film producer who spent as much time as possible in East Hampton during the last six years, died on Oct. 29, six and a half weeks after being thrown from a taxi in New York City when the driver failed to realize Mr. Macgregor-Scott was following another passenger into the vehicle. He was 69 years old.

Born in Maidenhead, England, three days after Christmas in 1947 to the former Joyce Harries and J.C. Macgregor-Scott, he grew up in his native town as well as in London. After graduating from Dover College, he went to work for Pinewood Studios in England as a producer. 

Mr. Macgregor-Scott is best known as the producer of the 1993 film “The Fugitive,” starring Harrison Ford, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. The following year, he produced “Black Beauty,” narrated by Alan Cumming. He produced “Batman Forever” in 1995 and “Batman and Robin” in 1997, and was named a Make-A-Wish Humanitarian of the Year during his “Batman” years.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1970 to work for Independent Film Productions and worked as a production manager on Peter Landis’s hit comedy, “Animal House” early in his career. He had a stint with Universal Studios. From the ’90s through 2002, he was with Warner Brothers, and he was with the Walt Disney Company during the last decade.

He had begun his career in Los Angeles as a production manager of a TV movie, “Ride the Tiger.” He doubled as a production manager and associate producer on “The Jerk,” starring Steve Martin, in 1979, and was associate producer on “The Prisoner of Zenda” the same year.

During the 1980s, he co-produced or produced films including the Oscar-nominated musical “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, the comedy “Revenge of the Nerds,” and two Cheech and Chong comedies. 

Mr. Mcgregor-Scott was introduced to East Hampton in 2000 by his wife-to-be, Susan Brustien, who had a weekend house here. Over the course of their first weekend here, he fell in love both with her and East Hampton. Not a beach person, he loved the cultural side of life here, Ms. Macgregor-Scott said. “He loved the garden tours and was a big supporter of Guild Hall. He was a fixture at his favorite restaurant here, Rowdy Hall, were he had a regular seat, she said. The couple had a Manhattan residence, but for the last several years, she said East Hampton was really their home.

“Peter was a magical combination of brilliance, kindness, optimism, loyalty, mischief, and passion,” his wife said in an email earlier this week. “He developed lifelong friendships throughout his career and wherever he traveled. He was an inspiration and mentor to many,” she said.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two adult children, Elizabeth Kennedy of Corinth, Tex., and Taylor Macgregor-Scott of Roswell, Ga., and by a brother, Ian Macgregor-Scott of La Canada, Cal.

A celebration of his life is being planned for early next year in Los Angeles.